University of Oregon Rec Center to Add New Facilities
15 Oct, 2014
Aquatics Center, Locker Rooms, Spa, Gym, Fitness Studios and More to be Completed January 2015
The Eugene area continues to gain even more top-notch facilities for sports, as the University of Oregon Student Recreation Center (SRC) is undergoing a $50 million expansion and renovation to be completed in January 2015. The expansion (which began August 2013) will add 110,000 square feet of new space, while 40,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated. The project involves multiple sustainability enhancements, including the conversion of the old pool into a cistern for collecting water from the roof to flush toilets, and using exercise machines to generate electricity.
One of the most noticeable improvements will be the addition of an aquatics center, complete with a 12-lane lap pool, three-lane warm water recreation pool, and 16-person Whirlpool spa. New and expanded two-story locker rooms with private showers are being installed, along with an additional three-court gym (increasing capacity for sports like basketball, pickleball, and indoor soccer), plus new studios for cycling, exercise, and yoga, an expanded fitness space (with twice as much space for weights and cardio), and new social and lounge spaces.
The SRC is located in the heart of the UO campus and already included a 30’ tall rock wall with more than 2,800 square feet of top-rope and lead climbing, covered basketball and tennis courts, an indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, and a six lane pool (that is currently closed as they replace it with the new aquatics facility). The expansion is the result of a vote by the student body, and the construction is being funded by a new SRC facility fee paid for by the students each term.
The upgrades to the campus facility will not only provide UO students with a better experience and more options for exercise and recreation, but will offer sporting events and teams from outside the area additional venue options within the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.
The UO SRC website has included the following useful links: